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TCN: ALPHA Bible reciting program seeks to root children in God’s word

From "Lydia Ma" <>
Date Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:21:50 +0800

>Taiwan Church News

>2974 Edition

>February 23~March 1, 2009

ALPHA Bible reciting program seeks to root children in God’s word

>Reported by Chen Yi-shuan

>Written by Lydia Ma

The Center for Promoting Bible Reciting has been encouraging children to  recite God’s word for over two years and has even held Bible  recitation contests for adults and children. The center unveiled ALPHA  Bible Reading for Children Association in an opening ceremony on  February 22nd at Chang Jung Senior High School. The association’s  mission statement is to promote Bible reading among children so that  they can begin to absorb God’s word from an early age.

The Association’s CEO Tan Po-ka (Chen Bau-jia), an elder from  Thai-Peng-Keng Maxwell Memorial Church, said that the purpose for  establishing the association is to promote Bible reading among children  in a more systematic and organizational manner, as well as encourage  Chinese Christian churches and schools from around the world to pick up  the Bible and start reading.

The association’s name was inspired from Revelations 22:13, where  Jesus said: “I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the  Beginning and the End.” This verse denotes that it is God’s  word that created the universe, which is also one of the founding  principles of the association.

According to Tan, the association’s name includes  “children” precisely because it seeks to focus on teaching  children and rooting them in God’s word. Its goal is to help  children remember God’s word in their hearts through reciting Bible  passages.

The opening ceremony was attended by many pastors around Tainan city, as  well as children ministry leaders. The program included performances by  winners of last year’s Bible recitation contest and children gave  their best using their voice and their body language when reciting  verses in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English, drawing applause and  laughter from the audience.

One attendee remarked that children nowadays are heavily influenced by  television programs and computer games and their spirituality has  greatly declined. Hence, churches should not waste any time in spreading  God’s word.


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